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‘Taste of Italy’, by Chef Andrea Spurio from Hiton Molino Stucky Venice, where he will be presenting his favourites and signatures for Chennai. When an invite opens like that, it does pique my curiosity.. And so off I headed to Hilton to experience the menu put together. 

In the city for the first time, Chef Andrea has flown down from Hilton Molino Stucky Venice.  With his background and experience, he was here to kick off the Taste of Italy fest, introducing new flavours and dishes from the region around Italy. The evening kicked off with a Bruschetta Mista- a platter with three different toppings- fresh tomato basil, mushrooms and roasted peppers. Now that our appetite had been aroused, it was time to move on to the next dish which was the Caprese con Burrata – ripe tomatoes, burrata cheese with basil pesto and white balsamic vinaigrette. Oh my oh my, this was sinful. The cheese was heavenly. 

The dishes kept coming, and I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of Mushrooms used in them. I was sure I was in some kind of heaven!! 🙂 

I got to sample the orecchiette pasta tossed in smooth mushroom sauce along with slices of the fungi. This was the first time I was trying this pasta, it was like a tiny saucer and carried the mushroom flavour all the way. I did sneak in a spoonful of the Risotto [which had scampi in it, but I took just the rice and the lime flavour came through so beautifully]. 

Up and onwards to the main course we went… The veg option was simple but it stood out. Pomodoro confit con ricotta aromatizzata al miele e menta- now that is quite a tongue twister right? What it translated to was it was Tomato confit stuffed with cottage cheese and flavoured with honey & mint. That is it.. Sounds too simple? Well, you had to cut into it, and take a bite to know it packed quite a punch. The tomato was soft yet had a bite, the cheese honey and mint were perfect combo. 

And what would an Italian meal be without dessert. We had not one, but two.. One was Tiramisu that had strong coffee flavour with every bite and the other was Saffron Panacottta that was interesting [ not really my thing cos am not a fan of saffron]… During the course of the evening, while chatting with the Chef, we came to know they made the lady finger for the Tiramisu , he went on to tell us about how they have a concept similar to the Tapas of Spain.  He also told us of this island Burrano,an island near Venice where the houses were all different colours and the lady finger biscuits were made with coconut. 

This a la carte menu is available till March 20 [lunch and dinner], priced at Rs 4,500 (+ taxes) approximately, for a meal for two…

Address: 124/1, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600032
Phone044 2225 5555

Disclaimer: The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember these were just my views!! Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit 🙂
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